West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Milwaukee

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 2:50 a.m.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee health officials say West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes collected in the city.

The Milwaukee Health Department said in a news release Thursday that the mosquitoes that tested positive were collected as part of seasonal surveillance for West Nile virus. There hasn't been a confirmed case of the virus in humans this year in Milwaukee.

The health department says most infections happen between June and September in Wisconsin. The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, though not all mosquitoes have the virus.

According to the health department, just 20 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will see symptoms such as fever, rash, headache and joint pain.

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